Peter C. and Gretchen Miller Markunas Professor of Chemistry | Affiliate, Materials Science and Engineering | Affiliate, Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory | Associate Director, Materials Research Laboratory
Catherine J. Murphy is the Peter C. and Gretchen Miller Markunas Professor of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned two B.S. degrees, one in chemistry and one in biochemistry, from UIUC in 1986. She earned her Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, working under A. B. Ellis. Murphy then went to Caltech as an NSF/NIH postdoctoral fellow in the lab of J. K. Barton. She started her independent career in 1993 at the University of South Carolina. After winning numerous awards for both teaching and research (NSF CAREER Award, Sloan Fellow, Cottrell Scholar, Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, AAAS Fellow), she rose through the ranks at South Carolina, becoming the Guy F. Lipscomb Professor of Chemistry, before moving back to Urbana in 2009. Her group has published 225+ papers on inorganic nanoparticle fabrication, functionalization, and the nano-bio interface. In 2015, she was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.
Professor, The Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Endowed Chair in Engineering
Yang Yang holds a B.S. in Physics from the National Cheng-Kung University in Taiwan in 1982, and he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics and Applied Physics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 1988 and 1992, respectively. Before he joined UCLA in 1997, he served on the research staff of UNIAX (now DuPont Display) in Santa Barbara from 1992 to 1996. Yang is now the Carol and Lawrence E. Tannas Jr. Endowed Chair Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UCLA. He is a materials physicist with expertise in the fields of organic electronics, organic/inorganic interface engineering, and the development and fabrication of related devices, such as photovoltaic cells, LEDs, and memory devices.
Chair, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University | Principal Investigator, Lieber Research Group
Charles M. Lieber was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1959. He attended Franklin and Marshall College for his undergraduate education and graduated with honors in Chemistry. After doctoral studies at Stanford University and postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology, he moved to the East Coast in 1987 to assume a position of Assistant Professor at Columbia University. Here Lieber embarked upon a new research program addressing the synthesis and properties of low-dimensional materials. He moved to Harvard University in 1991 and now holds a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, as the Mark Hyman Professor of Chemistry, and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He also serves as the Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. At Harvard, Lieber has pioneered the synthesis of a broad range of nanoscale materials, the characterization of the unique physical properties of these materials and the development of methods of hierarchical assembly of nanoscale wires, together with the demonstration
Dr. Hua Zhang obtained his B.S. and M.S. degrees at Nanjing University in China in 1992 and 1995, respectively, and completed his Ph.D. with Prof. Zhongfan Liu at Peking University in China in July 1998. He joined Prof. Frans C. De Schryver’s group at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KULeuven) in Belgium as a Research Associate in January 1999. Then he moved to Prof. Chad A. Mirkin’s group at Northwestern University as a Postdoctoral Fellow in July 2001. He started to work at NanoInk Inc. (USA) as a Research Scientist/Chemist in August 2003. After that, he worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore from November 2005 to July 2006. Then he joined the School of Materials Science and Engineering in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) as an Assistant Professor. On March 1, 2011, he was promoted to a tenured Associate Professor. On Sept. 1, 2013, he was promoted to Full Professor. Until now, he has filed 68 patent applications and 390+ papers with total citation of over 32,500 and H-index of 88. He is one of the Chairmen of the Editorial Board of ChemNanoMat (2015-), sits on the Advisory Board of Chemical Society Reviews (2012-), Nanoscale (2012-)
Vice-Chancellor’s Outstanding Fellow of the Faculty of Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Dr. Xu received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Nanjing University in 1983 and 1986, respectively, in Physics and Information Physics, under the supervision of Prof. Shu-yi Zhang (Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences). Since 1988, he was highly privileged to study in the University of Konstanz (an elite university), particularly under the supervision of Prof. Klaus Dransfeld (Member of German Academy of Sciences, former Director of Max-Plank Institute for Solid State Research, and Max-Plank Institute for High-Magnetic Fields). His doctoral dissertation was focused on the near-field sensing and nanoscopic energy transfer and heat transport associated with electronic processes. He earned his doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1993. Afterwards, he joined the Department of Electronic Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He has been Professor in the department since the midst of 2002.
Dr. Xu has published extensively on advanced electronic and photonic materials and devices as well as on nanotechnology in peer-reviewed professional journals (c.a. 240) and conferences (c.a. 50) as well as more than 200
Swanlund Chair | Professor of Material Science & Engineering
Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989. From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995. From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows. During this time he also served as a founder and Director of Active Impulse Systems, a company that commercialized technologies developed during his PhD work. He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002. He currently holds a Swanlund Chair, the highest chaired position at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. He has a primary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, with joint appointments in the Departments of Chemistry, Bioengineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. He served as the Director of a Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center on nanomanufacturing,
Dr. Lain-Jong (Lance) Li received a BSc and an MSc in chemistry at National Taiwan University. After 5 years of R&D at Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (1997-2002), he obtained his PhD from Oxford University in 2006. He was an assistant professor in Nanyang Tech. Univ. Singapore (2006-2009). Since 2010, he has become an Associate Prof. at Academia Sinica Taiwan and he started his Associate Professorship at KAUST in 2014. He has obtained Humboldt Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers (Germany 2011) and Career Development Award Taiwan (2010). He has received Academia Sinica Research Awards and Wu Ta-Yu Research Awards in 2013. He is now having > 11200 citations, more than 210 SCI journals and h-index is 54 (ISI Web of knowledge). He is also a CTO of one start up company in Taiwan. His main research interest is synthesis of two-dimensional materials and their applications in electronics and energy-field.
Kent Hale Smith Professor, Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering
Dai has embodied excellence in organic materials research since his career began in 1983 as an engineer at China’s Zhejiang Chemical Industry Research Institute. Dai has since moved through the ranks of academia, with stops at various institutions along the way. Since 2009, he’s been on the faculty at Case Western Reserve University, where he’s continued his research in macromolecular science and engineering.
Dai’s work stands to revolutionize energy technology.
Most recently, Dai’s research on charging lithium ion batteries with solar cells could lead to cleaner transportation and home-power sources. Among his other recent research contributions: developing a metal-free fuel cell catalyst for zinc-air batteries, which has proven to perform as well or better than most metal and metal-oxide electrodes typically reused in the batteries.
Through these and other research contributions, Dai has become known as one of the world’s leading experts in nanocarbon materials and their
Professor | Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA
Professor Michael S. Strano is currently the Carbon P. Dubbs Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his B.S from Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NY and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware both in Chemical Engineering. He was a post doctoral research fellow at Rice University in the departments of Chemistry and Physics under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley. From 2003 to 2007, Michael was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign before moving to MIT. His research focuses on biomolecule/nanoparticle interactions and the surface chemistry of low dimensional systems, nano-electronics, nanoparticle separations, and applications of vibrational spectroscopy to nanotechnology. Michael is the recipient of numerous awards for his work from 2005 to the present.
James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley | Senior Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana
Omar M. Yaghi received his B.S. degree from State University of New York-Albany (1985), and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana (1990) with Professor Walter G. Klemperer. He was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University (1990-92) with Professor Richard H. Holm. He has been on the faculties of Arizona State University (1992-98), University of Michigan (1999-2006), and UCLA (2007-2011). He is currently the James and Neeltje Tretter Chair Professor of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, and a Faculty Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the Founding Director of the Center for Global Science at Berkeley. He is also the Co-Director of the Kavli Nanoscienes Institute, and the Materials Research Lab California-BASF.
His early accomplishments in the design and synthesis of new materials have been honored by the Solid-State Chemistry Award of the American Chemical Society and Exxon Co. (1998) and the Sacconi Medal of the Italian Chemical Society (2004). His work on hydrogen storage was recognized by Popular
Distinguished Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
Paul S. Weiss holds a UC Presidential Chair and is a distinguished professor of chemistry & biochemistry and of materials science & engineering at UCLA. He received his S.B. and S.M. degrees in chemistry from MIT in 1980 and his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 1986. He was a postdoctoral member of technical staff at Bell Laboratories from 1986-88 and a visiting scientist at IBM Almaden Research Center from 1988-89. He served as the director of the California NanoSystems Institute and held the Fred Kavli Chair in NanoSystems Sciences at UCLA from 2009-14. Before coming to UCLA, he was a distinguished professor of chemistry and physics at the Pennsylvania State University, where he began his academic career in 1989. His interdisciplinary research group includes chemists, physicists, biologists, materials scientists, mathematicians, electrical and mechanical engineers, computer scientists, clinicians, and physician scientists. They focus on the ultimate limits of miniatu¬rization, exploring the atomic-scale
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, UCLA | Member, NanoElectronics, Photonics, Architectonics, NanoMechanical and Nanofluidic Systems, California NanoSystems Institute | Researcher, Inorganic, Nanoscience and Materials, Physical
Sarah Tolbert is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA. Research in her group focuses on self-organized nanoscale materials and includes both organic templated inorganic phases and colloidal materials. Current work in her group is aimed at understanding and controlling structure and periodicity in complex nanostructured composite materials, and in exploiting that periodicity for a range of structural, optical, and electronic materials applications. Projects in Prof. Tolbert’s group range from examination of nanoscale phase transitions in surfactant templated inorganic solids to the designed assembly of electro-active composite materials. Professor Tolbert’s honors include a National Science Foundation Early CAREER Development Award, the Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship.
Trustee Chair Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Dr. Yury Gogotsi is Distinguished University Professor and Trustee Chair of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. He also holds appointments in the Departments of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University and serves as Director of the A.J. Drexel Nanotechnology Institute. He served as Associate Dean of the College of Engineering from 2003 to 2007. He received his MS (1984) and PhD (1986) degrees from Kiev Polytechnic and a DSc degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in 1995. His research group works on various nanostructured carbons and other nanomaterials. He has co-authored 2 books , edited 13 books, 16 book chapters, more than 500 papers in peer-reviewed journals including more than 20 papers in Nature family journals and Science, about 100 papers in conference proceedings, more than 50 patents filed (many licensed to industry), delivered more than 200 invited lectures and seminars. He has been cited over 47,000 times (Google Scholar) and currently has an H-index of 102 (Google Scholar) / 87 (Web of Science).
He has received several awards for his research
Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Dr. Qihua Xiong is currently Nanyang Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University. He holds a joint appointment between School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Prior to joining NTU, he worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Professor Charles Lieber at Harvard University.
Qihua Xiong received his B.S. degree in physics from Wuhan University in 1997, and then obtained his M.Sc. degree from the Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in 2000. He went to the United States in 2000 and received Ph.D. degree under the supervision of Prof. Peter C. Eklund from The Pennsylvania State University in 2006. After three years postdoctoral experience in Prof. Charles M. Lieber’s group at Harvard University, he joined Nanyang Technological University as an assistant professor in 2009 and promoted to Nanyang Associate Professor in 2014. He was promoted to full Professor in 2016. He is a Fellow of Singapore National Research Foundation awarded in 2009 and the inaugural NRF Investigatorship Award by Singapore National Research Foundation. He is the recipient of IPS Nanotechnology Physics Award (2015) and Nanyang Award for Research Excellence of NTU (2014). He is currently the Associate Chair taking care of faculty development in the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Prof. Xiong’s research focuses on light-matter interactions of emergent quantum matter by steady-state and transient optical spectroscopy approaches. He recently ventured into the field of 2D layered materials and laser cooling of solids.